Modernization program to weed out dilapidated PUVs.
By Anna Liza Villas-Alavaren
The government's public utility vehicle (PUV) modernization program, which is set to be implemented this January, will not totally phase out PUVs, but only eliminate "problematic" ones, said the head of the Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (i-ACT).
Tim Orbos, i-ACT head, said that the PUV modernization will not totally phase out PUVs, like jeepneys, but only old and dilapidated units so that they could be replaced by environment-friendly and efficiently driven transport units.
"The modernization program is a three-year transition beginning January," said Orbos, concurrent Department of Transportation undersecretary for roads and transport network and general manager of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).
He urged PUV operators to cooperate instead of opposing the program.
"The more you delay your transition to a modern version of the program therefore, the more you lose because people will definitely pick the modern the more convenient safer public transportation," said Orbos.
Orbos said they will begin the program by conducting a Motor Vehicle Inspection System (MVIS) where public utility vehicles would be required to undergo inspection for road worthiness.
The conduct of the MVIC is a vital component to government's plan to modernize all PUVs, starting with jeepneys.
Among the gear and parts to be inspected are wheels, brakes, suspension, smoke emission, tail lights, among others.